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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 7, 2012 8:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: r.i.p. bob welch

It just sucks indeed. Prayers go out to his wife Wendy and the rest of his family.

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jun 8, 2012 7:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: You Don't Know Jack!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1132623/

I’ve stated before that “death is an interesting subject” and having extensive experience with several close friends and family passing, death and dying really doesn’t phase me anymore as long as the suffering is kept to a minimum, though the people left behind will always give in to their selfish emotions.

In terms of Welch, it’s a horrible method of leaving this life and the decision that this was his only option is an unfortunate one. He apparently had spinal surgery three months ago and doctors told him he would not get better and he did not want his wife to have to care for an invalid.

I don’t know if they discussed his exit strategy, but had he stayed with the Mac he certainly would’ve been able to afford all of his health insurance and health care costs, perhaps even medicare and hospice.

Jack Kevorkian was way ahead of his time and I believe that in twenty years time - Death with Dignity - will be a legal and common practice for folks suffering near life ending illnesses. Not sure if Welch qualifies, but none the less, a compelling film on the life story of a true medical pioneer and a convincing performance delivered by Al Pacino, a recommended view.